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Wheelchair Tennis at West Side Tennis Club NY Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   
For the first time in the revered West Side Tennis Club history, a Wheelchair Tennis Clinic and Demonstration was hosted at the former site of the US Open at Forest Hills NY on August 3, 2016.  All had a great time and learned a lot about the historic site and the Adaptive Sport of Wheelchair Tennis.
       
 
Summers Streets NYC Wheelchair Basketball Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   
Wheelchair Basketball players from New York and New Jersey hosted clinics for people in New York City at Summer Streets in Lafayette Park on 3 consecutive Saturdays in August 2016.  Thanks to the players from the Brooklyn Nets, Bulova Nets and Nassau Kings Wheelchair Basketball Teams, hundreds of people saw and tried out Wheelchair Basketball.  Thanks to the help of NYC Department of Transportation and NYC Parks Department, the exhibitions were a big hit on some very hot days.
 
 
North Jersey Navigators Compete in Junior Track & Field National Championships in WI Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

 

The North Jersey Navigators’ performance at the 2016 Junior Nationals Championships in Wisconsin was outstanding!!.  They brought 14 athletes to the Junior Nationals and the team netted 146 medals (105 Gold, 27 Silver, and 14 Bronze).  They also set 18 new national records and once again placed 1st on the Large Team category.  This is the result of all our hard work; dedication and commitment to the North Jersey Navigators Paralympic Sport Program.

 

In addition, one of their junior elite athletes, Miguel Jimenez-Vergara, was selected as member of the Junior USA Team that participated last month at the 2016 IWAS World Junior Games in Prague.  Miguel won 8 Medals (7 Gold and 1 Silver) and won the 2016 IWAS Outstanding Athlete Award.   Also, one of their elite athletes, Gianfranco Iannotta, was selected as a member of the USA Paralympic Team that will be participating next month at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.  Gianfranco is currently ranked #2 in the world in the 100 meters for the T52 class.  The Navigators coaching staff is extremely pleased with the way the team members continue to improve and excel in adaptive sports and we are very proud of our accomplishments competing at national and International levels.  Special thanks to all the volunteers and to Jimmy Cuevas who works tirelessly for the team each year.

 

Check out the Team on their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/nothjerseynavigators/

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 22:07
 
NYC Wheelchair Tennis Teaching Professional - Honored Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   

September 29, 2016

 

The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) honored those members who stand out and go above and beyond in all aspects of the tennis industry at the 2016 USPTA World Conference this week. USPTA, the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals, recognized tennis coaches, industry leaders and volunteers during its annual national awards presentation at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California.

 

Aki Wolfson, recipient of the USTA/USPTA Community Service Award, with Chuck Gill (left) and Mike McNulty
Aki Wolfson, recipient of the USTA/USPTA Community Service Award, with Chuck Gill (left) and Mike McNulty

 

Aki Takayama-Wolfson (Flushing, N.Y.) received the USTA/USPTA Community Service Award for her contributions to her community through tennis, presented annually by the United States Tennis Association as part of the USPTA’s awards program.  Mrs. Takayama-Wolfson has been dedicated to the teaching and promotion of Wheelchair Tennis for over 20 years at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, New York.  She is also the first and continuing Tennis Director for the annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament since it's inception in 2001 and will be going into it's 17th year.

 

Congratualations Aki!  Well deserved.  

 

For more information on 2016 USTA/USPTA Awards, go to -  http://uspta.com/default.aspx/act/newsletter.aspx/category/USPTA+Latest+News/MenuGroup/HOME/NewsLetterID/1169/startrow/2.htm?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 19:26
 
Closing Ceremony - 2016 Rio Paralympics Print E-mail
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Fireworks over the roof during the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracanã Stadium. The Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil , Sunday 18th September 2016. Photo: Simon Bruty for OIS/IOC.  Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC

By Orge Castellano   September 19, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO – The first Paralympic Games ever celebrated in South America finished with an impressive closing ceremony at Maracanã Stadium, infused with a burst of colors and spectacular music performances that set the carnivalesque and farewell atmosphere only Brazilians could bring.

It was invitation to taste and feel all the sounds, all the colors and tones from different parts of the country. On Sunday, the 11-day spectacle came to an end with athletes and fans gathering at the stadium. As the rain poured down, it seemed as if Rio’s sky was crying over the games being passed onto to Tokyo.

The 2016 Rio games left us with many memorable moments and overall, it was an impressive event despite previous concerns about its quality or feat due to budget cuts, Zika virus and security. The games have been a successful event surrounded by astonishing feats of athleticism and in general, extraordinary talented athletes.

Spectators enjoyed a quite peaceful atmosphere; something many were concerned about. Just a month ago, the organizing committee was in a dark cloud over the lack of funding and delays in some of their duties.

One thing is for sure though, this year´s edition of the Paralympics, which marked its 15th year, was clouded with major controversies and with full of criticism beginning with the ban of the Russian delegation and some other athletes being harshly suspended for anti-doping violations. A drop in ticket sales threatened the success of the game, but later, officials announced that tickets were in fact sold out for many of the games. Both the organizing committee and the Brazilian people proved that there weren’t challenges difficult enough that would interfere with the success of the games, and they decided that nothing was going to bring their spirit down.

“The Brazil we love so much has shown the world what it can do. The impossible happened. And today here we are, at this historical moment, ending a magical era. Brazilian people displayed reliability, courage, verve and much resolve. Brazilians never give up,” said Carlos Nuzman, the president of the Organizing Committee, at closing ceremony.

After 11 days of incredible competitions there’s one thing that became an important element of the games: the crowds. They were energetic, ecstatic and cheered for everyone with emotion and passion, not just Brazil. They brought the dance moves with them to every venue. They celebrated the Paralympic movement, its social inclusion and embraced with open arms, the extraordinary prowess of the athletes.

“Marvelous Cariocas, you warmly embraced these Games and took the athletes to your hearts; the noise you created, the passion you shared, the warmth you provided inspired Paralympians to achieve what some thought impossible. You made the Paralympics your Games, the People’s Games, and we will forever cherish our time spent with you,” said Sir Phillip Craven on his closing ceremony speech.

As Rio officially became a Paralympian city, the IPC awarded the Cariocas and the Brazilian people the honor of being members of the Paralympian Movement. It’s the highest award a group of people can receive from the Paralympic movement. The athletes were also praised and honored in the ceremony with the IPC president adding:

“Paralympians, you are role models for what the world wants to see in today’s sporting heroes. You see obstacles as opportunities, you fight for your rights and here in Rio, you have a unique opportunity to make for a more equitable world. Your values tell people what you stand for and most importantly who you are.”

The Paralympic movement is defined by its legacy: the one that its left to every host country. Brazil won’t be an exemption. Even though as a developing country, it still faces major challenges in offering more inclusion for disabled people, Brazilians across the country will see an increase in their quality of life thanks to the pilot infrastructure built for the games that would ultimately impact and improve their lives and daily situations. Hopes are that it is going to be carried and executed across the whole nation.

As the ceremony came to a close, the Sir Phillip Craven’s message was loud and clear: “An invitation for us to never forget to broaden our senses, to look at differences as sheer power, to build a world designed for all. A party to celebrate universal love.”

 
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